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2008 Torre Rosazza Pinot Nero Ronco del Palazzo Colli Orientali del Friuli
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

Bright medium ruby. Spicy black cherry, raspberry, licorice and a hint of mint on the nose. Slightly medicinal flavors of red fruits and licorice show good sweetness and plumpness of texture. Bright, tangy red berry notes linger on the moderately long finish. This is the best pinot noir ever by Torre Rosazza, as it shows more fruit than past vintages. It also avoids the bitter oak-derived tannins of so many other Italian pinot nero bottlings. I wondered what they were doing growing pinot noir in FVG years ago, but I'm beginning to think there might be a future for this variety in the region.

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